Alouettes center fielder Cody Fajardo was named the Gray Cup Most Valuable Player on Sunday after Montreal’s 28-24 win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
The 31-year-old center fielder wins his second Gray Cup. However, this is his first time winning as a midfielder. It was Ricky Ray’s second during the Toronto Argonauts’ invasion in 2017.
Fajardo considered retiring during the off-season after the Saskatchewan Roughriders decided not to retain his services.
“It was my wife’s decision to continue playing soccer,” Fajardo said. I wouldn’t be here without her or Danny “Mac” and “Coach” Maas, who believed in me. It’s a very emotional moment for me. This organization thought I could be a Gray Cup champion quarterback and to be standing in front of you as a champion is very special.
“This team will be remembered as one of the best teams in CFL history.”
Fajardo completed 21 of 26 passes for 290 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.
He particularly stood out in the fourth quarter, particularly on the Alouettes’ final offensive sequence during which he made a 13-yard run and a 31-yard pass to Cole Spiker on a third down and a 19-yard touchdown pass to Cole Spiker. Tyson Philpott, all on three straight plays while the Alouettes trailed in the final minute of play.
Fajardo also connected with Austin Mack and Spiker for touchdowns.
Philpott was also named the Gray Cup’s Canadian Player of the Year. In addition to catching the winning touchdown, he totaled 63 yards on six catches and replaced James Lichter Jr. late in the game on a punt return.
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